R&B/Funk/Gospel Fill Concept

March 9, 2011 7:03 pm in Drumset by Todd Walker

Welcome to the first in a series of drumset lessons on a wide range of topics! In this series, we’ll be covering styles ranging from Funk, Fusion, Latin, Odd-Time, Jazz and Solo Performance.

This first lesson deals with a popular fill concept used in today’s contemporary gospel style – similar to what is played by Aaron Spears, Gerald Heyward and other great players. It involves using linear 16th notes between the hands and the bass drum.  In the video below, I’ll break it down slowly, then show how you can use it in slow 1/2 time feels as well as faster tempo grooves.

Enjoy & thanks for watching!

Here’s the fill written out on the board:

If you have suggestions or recommendations for future lessons, let me know and I’ll be happy to record a new video to cover the topic!

Thanks for watching!

Todd Walker

Todd Walker Drum Studio
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Todd Walker is a dynamic fiqure in the world of drumming today!  Whether Todd is performing, recording, writing or teaching, his musical abilities are that of a true professional. Todd continues to make a name for himself in today’s drumming community. From live performances and studio sessions, his resume is very impressive. Originally from New Jersey,Todd began to play drums at age eleven. By age fifteen, Todd was playing professionally in a variety of live performances throughout the New Jersey/New York area. Todd spent extensive years of private studies with renown instructor Russ Moy and further studies with world famous drummer Ed Shaughnessy (former drummer for the Johnny Carson Show).

Todd’s versatility as a musician soon had him in demand and performing in Atlantic City and the New Jersey/New York area. Todd’s styles of drumming can range from jazz, pop/rock, funk, fusion, country, progressive/odd-time, alternative, second line, rudimental/marching, and all situations and genres in between, which gives him a solid foundation to be called for any musical performance or recording-session in today’s most demanding times.

During the annual Music West International Conference held in Vancouver, BC Canada in May of 1994. Todd was the first place winner in the“1994 Pearl Players Drum Challenge” featured in the open category. Todd then went on to perform with Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)for the grand finale of the show, with the likes of Dom Famularo and Pearl, Sabian and various company representatives on hand to celebrate the conference.

Throughbred Music’s Annual Drum Expo. in Tampa, Florida gave Todd the opportunity to perform as a finalist in both the1993 and 1994 drum competitions. The judging panel included such greats as: Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers,  Dom Famularo, Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith and Rod Morgenstein. Todd has also performed in clinic for the “Russ Moy Drum Studio” and “Sabian Cymbals Drum Clinic” with a presentation of the “1999 Lifetime Achievement Award” to respected Performers, Authors and Teachers, Jim Chapin and Sam Ulano. Modern Drummer Magazine has also featured Todd in the July 1995 issue, “On The Move” section.